Can you believe the BAA half marathon is less than a month away?! Seriously, it seems like just yesterday I signed up for the race and was creating my training plan. Where does time go? Training for this race has been a completely different experience than before. When I created the plan I was concerned about how it would all fit in with yoga teacher training but so far this really hasn’t been a problem.
At first I definitely missed a lot of my planned runs. During my 9 day intensive for yoga teacher training I didn’t run once and I skipped the long run I had scheduled before that started in favor of some extra rest…needless to say training was not off to a great start. In the weeks since then I’ve kicked it in to gear and have gotten in a few good long runs. Now, I’m above the long run mileage I actually planned to be at, which is awesome if you ask me. I managed to get in a 6 miler, two 9 milers and as of yesterday an 11 miler.
On Labor Day my friend Lauren, her husband, sister and I took on 9 miles. We ran in Gloucester, MA along the ocean with the views of the gorgeous beach homes. It was such a nice change of scenery. It was nice to just chat it up and run.
Yesterday I ran 11 miles by myself on what was a gorgeous morning to run. It was nice and cool with overcast skies. I found my groove early on and the miles just ticked on by.
My pace has been kind of slow for me lately. The other night I was telling Michael about this; he asked me if my runs felt good and I told him they feel great- relaxed, easy and peaceful. Then he asked me if I’m enjoying them and having fun. I am, a lot actually. Then he simply said, who cares. He’s so right, who does care? No one but myself and even I don’t care! I’m loving yoga lately, my practice and this journey is like nothing else. I love just going for a run because I love it. Training for this half-marathon is just enough to help motivate me to keep my mileage high, get my long runs in and let me enjoy the fall running and racing I love so much. For so long (like the past year) all I’ve worried about was long runs, pace and training plans but now it feels so good to be thinking about yoga poses, playlists and which arm balance I want to tackle next.
I haven’t done one speed workout the entire training cycle which is likely contributing to my slower than normal pace. In the next few weeks I plan to add some speed to my runs. I can’t bring myself to hit the track so I plan to do fartleks within a 4 mile run a few times over the next few weeks. Maybe, if and only if, I feel motivated will I do a tempo run. I’m kind of hoping the motivation hits me, so that is a good sign that a tempo run will likely happen. As for long runs, I have a 12 miler planned in a couple of weeks and hope to sneak in a couple more 8 milers after work before now and the taper.
My goals for this race? I’m thinking I might just run this one for fun. No time or pace goals. Just a good, solid, fun 13.1 miles. Wouldn’t that be a nice change?! I feel like I’m in a really good place with yoga and running lately. I’m enjoying each for different reasons and it’s nice for running to be in the backseat for a change. There’s no pressure from myself to be anything or do anything when it comes to running and that feels awesome. I’m just running purely because I love it!